Sunday 26 June 2016

Friendly v John O'Gaunt (Away)

The Friendly Ladies Team traveled to John O'Gaunt on Wednesday 22nd June to play the 4th match of the season. 

Despite the rain the team carried on regardless. John O'Gaunt is a very difficult course and the Chesfield Ladies coped very well with conditions. There were some very close matches, with Jackie and Margaret fighting it out to the bitter end and finishing all square! Lauren and myself won our match! But John O'Gaunt were on home ground and the final score was 3½ - 1½ in favour of John O'Gaunt.

Well done everybody! Next match is Mowsbery at home!

Good luck team!
Pauline Humphrey

Captain's Newsletter - 25 Jun 2016

Club Championship
Round 2 on 30th June - Please check your tee time on the Ladies Notice Board.

All ladies are invited to stay after golf for cake in the Conservatory and the presentation of trophies to the winners of our Gross and Nett Club Champions 2016. So even if you are not golfing that day, enjoy the cake!!! And cheer in the 2016 Club Champions!!

Ladies Away Day at Wyboston Lakes - 25th August
Please put your name on the sheet on the noticeboard if you would like to come to give us an idea of numbers.

Longest Day Golf Challenge
Well done to the Men’s Section - 4 teams played the Macmillan Longest Day Golf Challenge on 22nd June. 72 holes (that is 4 rounds of golf!!!) in one day. A marathon of golf!! If you would like to support them you can still sponsor them on

Longest Day Golfers

Anniversary Gala Evening - Friday 15th July
Just 3 weeks to go. Tickets £27.50 Please pay for your tickets and inform Emily Chester in the club office that they have been paid for.

7pm for welcome drinks, magician, 3 course meal, anniversary gift, live band, DJ entertainment & dancing to 1am. A fantastic way to celebrate 25 years of Chesfield Downs Golf Club. No sign up sheet has been put up yet, so if you would like tickets please let me or Emily know.

Stableford League Round 4 – Winners Div 1 Chris Leary 32pts, Div 2 Hazel Brunnen with an amazing 40pts, Div 3 Katy Cook 31 pts. The leaderboard has been updated on the ladies website.

Div 1 – Patti Vincent has stormed into a huge lead with 15 League points.
Div 2 is much closer. Hazel currently leading by just one League point from Brigid, who is chasing hard on her heels.
Div 3 Jenny Feaver is still out in front with 17 League points with Katy Cook catching up on 14 points

Club Championship Round 1 completed. With no lightning and not even any rain – amazing considering the forecast!

Virginia is in the lead for Club Champion with a gross 84, closely followed by Jackie Reid on gross 89. Kathy Morris, with a nett 71, is leading the way in The Angela Chatterton Cup, with Mary Harrison right behind on nett 72. Who will triumph after Round 2 this week???

Scratch Match
Away v Aldwickbury Park was our first loss of the season. We won one match and halved one match giving a result of 1½ to 3½ to Aldwickbury Park.

Friendly Match
Away at the difficult John O’Gaunt course. We were delighted to win one match and halve one, resulting in a 1½ to 3½ result to the lovely ladies of John O’Gaunt golf club.

Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain

Monday 20 June 2016

Scratch Team v Aldwickbury Park B (Away)

The 4th Scratch Match was played at Aldwickbury Park on Sunday 19th June.

We had a strong team out in spite of it being Fathers Day – Virginia, Kathy, Sarah, Lauren and Liz and we were ready to tackle the tricky greens of Aldwickbury!

The bacon butties were great and the day was dry. Unfortunately we were unable to pull off a win on this occasion and conceded 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. The tea afterwards was spectacular, almost worth losing for…but not quite! We were treated to Lemon drizzle cake, raspberry sponge, strawberries and clotted cream! We deserved it!

There were some close results with one match coming down to the last putt on the 18th. Well done everyone and we will bounce back for our next match away to Harpenden on Monday 4th July.

Sarah Faircliff, Scratch Team Captain

Saturday 18 June 2016

Scratch Team v Harpenden (Home)

Match day 3 for the Scratch team was on Friday 10th June v Harpenden at home.

We were chasing a hat trick of wins to keep the season going! Harpenden had decided to forego the bacon butties before the match and boy did they live to regret that! Whatever is in that bacon bring it on!!

The team (Virginia, Kathy, Pat, Jackie and myself) pulled off our biggest win so far, a 4 1/2 points to 1/2 point win! There were excellent performances by all the team, wins from all except yours truly! However I have to report (as captain) that my match was very close all the way round but I was one down coming up the 18th. When I chipped my second shot in from the bunker for my 3rd birdie of the day, my opponent was less than happy! She missed her putt and we halved the match (please forgive the self indulgence!)

Well done everyone, a fantastic performance!

Our next match is on Sunday 19th June when we have to venture away from home to the tricky greens of Aldwickbury Park.

Sarah Faircliff, Scratch Team Captain

Captain's Newsletter - 18 Jun 2016

Charity Day Winners - Patti Vincent & Emma Dawson-Goody

Arrive early to make use of the free range balls to warm up before your round. Thank you to Chesfield Downs Golf Club for providing these for us. Remember to check the Ladies notice board after Round 1 to find your tee time for Round 2.

Chesfield Downs Golf Club 25th Anniversary Gala Evening - Friday 15th July, 7pm to 1am
The Sign up sheet will be on the Social Notice board. With a 3 course meal, disco, magician and fun photo booth – it will be amazing!!! Don’t miss it!!!

Ladies Away Day at Wyboston Lakes, Thursday 25th August –  Look out for the Sign up sheet - available soon.

Saturday – The Weekend Stableford saw 10 of our 7-day members out on the course in warm sunshine this week. Great to see such a good turnout. The more the better! 1st Kathy Dale 37pt 2nd Pat Ward 34pt 3rd Lauren Pitcher 34pt

Tuesday – In sunshine and (heavy) showers our hardiest golfers played “Double the Odds”. Hazel Brunnen (our newest and very proud Grandmother) came 1st with an astonishing 55 points. In 2nd place with 52 points was Kathy Dale.

Thursday – Ladies' Captain's Charity Day
A truly excellent day. Lots of fun and enjoyment for all our players. The weather was dry (thank goodness for the “sun dance” I did all week). The Halfway House was excellent (“the best anywhere” was the comment!). The Hampers and Silver Anniversary Draw prizes were outstanding. And over £3000 raised for the Garden House Hospice, Letchworth. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a successful day.

Halfway House refreshments
Hamper prizes beautifully wrapped by Amanda Macknight
Winners with 43 points were Patti Vincent and her partner Emma Dawson-Goody from Essendon Golf Club.

We had 3 pairs all on 41 points, so on countback in 2nd place were Rogie Taylor & Kathy Morris, 3rd place Sally Weekes & and her guest Marion Parsley, 4th place was Chris Leary & Julia Goodwin.

Charity Day Runners Up - Kathy Morris & Rogie Taylor
Longest Drive was achieved by Emma Dawson-Goody. Straightest Drive by Barbara Baldwin. Nearest the Pin in 2 on the 6th was Sarah FaircliffJean Ray won Nearest the Pin on the 3rd and Chris Leary won Nearest the Pin on the 17th.

We welcomed back Pauline Harrison, now a member at Auckland Golf Club in New Zealand, who won Nearest the Pin (for guests) on the 12th.

Nearest the Pin Winner - Pauline Harrison
There are lots of photos on Facebook plus Virginia has added photos from the day onto our Ladies website. Click here to view them in our photo gallery – they are brilliant.

Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain

Sunday 12 June 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 11 Jun 2016

LADIES' CAPTAIN'S CHARITY DAY - Raising money for Letchworth Garden House Hospice
Tee times are on the notice board. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place. Come early for fun games & raffles – Spot The Ball, Lucky Dip, Bottle Tombola. Wonderful hampers to be won. Silver Anniversary Grand Draw – you could win:
  • A Car for the Weekend
  • Afternoon Tea for Two at Offley Place 
  • Champagne... and so many more prizes
Items for Halfway House - Remember to bring in your contributions in the morning. Mary Harrison and Jean Pierce will be setting out our spread of goodies... and the Pimms too.

4-ball Vouchers for Auction – Send your bids to or text 07771 531121 or you can bid on Charity Day. Bidding closes 12 noon 16th June. Choose from Welwyn Garden City, Mill Green, Mid Herts, and Bishops Stortford Golf Clubs.

Thursday 30th June - Quiz night has been cancelled due to low numbers.

Friday 15th July – Chesfield Downs Golf Club 25th Anniversary Gala evening. The Sign up sheet will go up on the Social Notice board at the end of this week. With 3 course meal, disco, magician and fun photo booth – it will be amazing!!! Don’t miss it!!!

Thursday 25th August
– Ladies Away Day at Wyboston Lakes. Sign up sheet available soon

Round 1 23rd June – sign up on HowDidIDo as usual.

Round 2 30th June– A sign up sheet will be added to the Ladies notice board after Round 1. Ladies with the lowest gross score from Round 1 will play last. Please check the board for your tee time for Round 2. Spare tee times will be available for the earlier tee times.

Round 2 of our Club Championship will be followed by the presentation of Champions’ trophies to the winners plus tea and cake for all.

Thursday – In totally different and beautiful weather conditions, we played our midweek June Stableford competition. Results:

Div 1 1st Kathy Dale 34pt, 2nd Sarah Faircliff 31pt, 3rd Angela Chatterton 30pt
Div 2 1st Hazel Brunnen 37pt, 2nd Kathy Morris 35pt, 3rd Helen Leigh 32pt

Scratch Match – Another fantastic result for the Scratch Team against Harpenden this week. An excellent 4 ½ : ½ WIN with Sarah chipping in a birdie from the bunker on the 18th to achieve the half in her match. This makes 3 wins from 3 matches this season. BRILLIANT !!!

LADIES AWAY WEEKEND - At the excellent Marriot Forest of Arden

Fabulous 27 degree hot and sunny weather was such a fabulous contrast from the 12 degrees of a few days before. The tough Championship Arden course faced us on day one. Pairs betterball runners up were Pat Ward and Pauline Humphrey. The winners were our brilliant organisers - Jackie & Sarah.

Sarah Faircliff won the longest drive both days – absolutely huge drives (and on the fairway too, Sarah!) Nearest the pins were won by Hazel Brunnen and Brigid Kerr. Day two was individual Stableford, with Lauren Pitcher taking 1st place and Christine Newcombe in 2nd on countback from Patti Vincent and Kathy Dale. Lots of fun and laughter was had over the three days. Thank you to Sarah Faircliff and to Jackie Reid for arranging such a wonderful weekend. Everyone had a fantastic time and I am really looking forward to next year!

We all said our sad farewells to Brenda Harrington, who is moving to Shropshire. We will miss her smiling face, her thoughtfulness - and her joking comments.

Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain

Monday 6 June 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 4 Jun 2016

Ladies' Captain’s Charity Day 16th June
There are still spaces. If you would like to play please add your name to the tee sheet. Tee times will be allocated this week – please check the Ladies notice board.

If you would like to come just for lunch, please add your name to that notice or let Di Chapman know.

If you would like to help in any way, please add your name to the List of Volunteers. All help very gratefully received.

Items for Halfway House. To make sure we have the usual wonderful selection of goodies, please add your name to the list on the notice board for your contribution. Thank you.

4-ball Vouchers for Auction
– Place your bids on Charity Day or before via email or text 07771 531121 – include your name, which voucher you are bidding on and the amount. Bidding closes 12 noon 16th June.
  • Welwyn Garden City Golf Club
  • Mill Green Golf Club
  • Mid Herts Golf Club
  • Bishops Stortford Golf Club

Friendlies Team v Mill Green (Home)
"Was it really almost summer and June 1st?? It felt more like March 1st to the 16 brave souls from Chesfield Ladies and Mill Green, who battled it out on the greens last Wednesday. Was ' battled' the right word? The cold wind and rain drove furiously at them and whilst a win against Mill Green would have been great, it just wasn't to be! A halt was called to this friendly after 9 holes and the soaked and bedraggled ladies came inside to hair dryers and a warm drink. After 9 holes Mill Green were ahead 3:1, and this time we had to concede defeat. Next time, we promised ourselves, would be different???" - Margaret Gentle, Friendlies Team Captain

7-Day – 5 clubs and a putter was played on a very cold morning. The choice of clubs is crucial, but there are always a few occasions when you realise the club you need for the next shot is not one you have in your bag. 1st Kathy Dale 32pt, 2nd Lin Goodey 31pt, 3rd Lauren Pitcher 30pt

Thursday – An extremely windy and cold day made for tough conditions to play our midweek Medal competition.
Div 1 1st Emma Wood nett 75, 2nd Liz Cooke nett 76, 3rd Lauren Pitcher nett 77.
Div 2 1st Hazel Brunnen nett 75, 2nd Katy Cook nett 85, 3rd Nicola Adkins nett 86
9 Hole Stableford – 1st place Madeline Fielder, 2nd Maureen Martin

Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain